High above the River Fiddich, within the Speyside region of north-east Scotland, stands the impressive 550 year old ruin of Auchindoun Castle. It is one of Scotland's few remaining iconic hilltop fortresses, and in a landscape of almost constantly changing weather and light is a place that rarely fails to impress. Recently completed accommodation is now available for visitors to stay in this romantic location.
The ‘Bothy’ and the ‘Byre’ are holiday cottages created out of the former barns of historic Parkhead Farm, 200m from the castle. Architect designed and built to modern day standards of insulation and comfort, they are self-contained two bedroom house that provides a cosy base or relaxing space for couples or small groups of friends. With well appointed kitchens, bathrooms and open plan living and dining areas, each property has car parking close to its entrance and a garden area facing the castle.
Each has a different character, but the high level of comfort offered in both is the same, as are the unsurpassed view of the castle on the hill.
Individually they offer accommodation for up to 4 people (see separate listings) but for larger groups can be rented together at a discounted rate (subject to availability). The preferred combined booking period is for a minimum of 7 days starting on Fridays, however shorter periods may be possible subject to availability.
For artists and those interested in patchwork or textile crafts there is a purpose built studio on site (Fb: 'The Studio at Castle on the Hill') that may be used by arrangement for a small additional charge.
From castles to whisky, hilltops to coast, this is an exceptional area of Scotland that encompasses the best of history, hospitality and modern adventure. Principle leisure activities are hiking, cycling, fishing and golf.
The nearest town is Dufftown, two miles away and with six distilleries it is the 'Malt Whisky Capital of the World'. Here there is a range of well stocked grocery stores and places to eat, from restaurants to take-away.
Popular local events that attract people from all over the UK and around the world include:
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, end of April & beginning of May.
The Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival, mid.June.
The Dufftown Highland Games, last Saturday in July.
North East Open Studios, mid.September
Dufftown Whisky Colours Festival & Dramathon, both mid. October
Just 15 miles north lies the world class Moray Firth coastline, with miles of sandy beaches, interesting and picturesque small fishing ports, forests and cliffs. It is one of the best places in the UK to get the chance of seeing dolphins and whales, with boat trips available.
To the east the countryside rolls in to Aberdeenshire with more castles, including Balmoral in Royal Deeside, and Aberdeen (‘The Granite City’), the third largest in Scotland with its restaurants, art galleries, parks and shopping centres.
A few miles to the south is the Cairngorms National Park, the largest and wildest in the UK with a wide range of organised leisure activities, and west lies Inverness, gateway to Loch Ness, the West Coast and the North Scottish Highlands.
The heather blooms from July to September (thought this is dependent on the weather).
From ensuring the accommodation meets the expected standard to providing detailed knowledge and guidance to make best of your time, we are committed to helping you have an exceptional experience.